Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Falling Into Fall!

It's Fall....
Can you smell the crisp air?
Do you see the changing color on the leaves?
Agh...it sure does feel like fall here in England! I love it!!

Since we are in the thick of Fall now, I wanted to highlight one of my most favorite units that I've created! It's one of my favorites because I just love the color and graphic combinations! The skills were all ones that my students needed practice with and so it was easy for me to pick the skills to focus on!! 

Take a look at a few of the activities included!
First up, pattern sheets! These {and the rest of the sheets} focus on AB, ABC, ABB, and AAB patterns. Some sheets require the students to color in a pattern based on the different leaves given and other sheets give the same leaves and students must color the patterns in by the pattern names given.
Next, students can practice tally marks!
I've included a recording sheet to keep students focused and accountable. Students will write the letter found at the top of the card, then record how many tally marks that letter has! 
This next activity is one my most favorite in the set!! I love these adorable owls! Students match up the number, number word, ten frame and dots. With four cards in each set, the teacher can easily differentiate with what cards out of the set that they would like to use! {Numbers 1-20 are included!}
Here, students must identify the beginning letter for each picture. I've laminated my cards so that students can use a dry erase marker to show their answer. 
I hope you find these activities useful in your classroom!!
Happy fall y'all!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Classroom Ideas And Activities!

Here we are.... today is officially November 1st! 

I love November---its the month when fall is in full effect, scarves and warm drinks are starting to make their appearances and most importantly.... it's my birthday month! Yay!! 

Besides scarves, warm drinks, fall and celebrating my birthday, November is also awesome because it's when students really start to fall in the groove of the classroom. Bad behaviors seem to start settling down, students understand the rules and centers and work stations seem to start flowing nicely, with little guidance about what is expected! November seems to bring growth and with conferences right around the corner, it's nice to be able to share all the good things with parents!! 

Now on to the planning of some pretty cool activities that your students will love in November! As always, Pinterest is my go-to site for ideas!! Here are some awesome ideas that I recently found!

Look at these awesome colors on the rice!!
I love the natural items found in this sensory bin!! Most of which can be easily found outside.
Here is an array of ideas to fit any of your needs!
How cute are these turkey's?? I love them! This is a great teacher-directed art lesson. This would make a great hallway display or a writing lesson below the pictures! 
Here is another cute and super easy turkey craft for kids!
Here is an AMAZING list of 100 books that are great for November and fall! Take a look at these great titles!
In addition to these great ideas, I have a created a pack of "save your ink" printables! This unit is filled with sheets that will help your kiddos practice those skills that they have been working on in class. All the sheets included are black and white---no color--which saves you money!
Take a look at some of the sheets included!
I hope these ideas and my 'save your ink printables' are useful to you this month! 
Click on any picture to view the link to each picture!! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Stock Your Centers With These Halloween Themed Literacy Games!

Are you a tired teacher?
Are you a tired teacher that has been in school for a month or longer?
Are you a tired teacher that needs some fun, engaging and no prep games to keep your kiddos practicing those basic skills through October? If so, you need this Halloween Literacy Games pack! In this pack, I've compiled a group of easy to use literacy activities that you simply need to print and they are ready to use! Take a closer look at what's included....  
{Click on any picture to view the pack on TpT!}

Here is the Literacy Pack!
For activity one, students match a lower case letter {the candy corn card} with a capital letter {the candy bucket card}!  
Activity two is one of my student's most favorite games...cut and assemble puzzles! Here, students will order their ABC's to reveal a cute kid-friendly Halloween picture! Simply print the page, cut on each vertical line and the game is ready!!
Activity three easily allows you to easily differentiate for your students. Here, students match a capital letter, lower case letter and a picture that has the same beginning letter. If this is to much for your students, just eliminate one set of the cards, such as the lower case letter cards and have students just match the capital letter and the picture! You choose how easy or difficult you need it! 
Activity four has students match rhyming picture cards! 
I've also included a recording sheet so if your students are ready, they can record their pairs of rhyming words! 
I hope you find this pack useful and your kiddos love the activities!!
Click on any picture, or click here, to view this pack on TpT!

Keep on keeping on....the end of the week is near my friend! 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween Ideas, Pins and Printables!

It's the beginning of October and that means it time for all things Halloween! There is so much you can do with this holiday and not all things have to be scary or spooky. I think students really love this time of the year because it's the first real holiday of the school year and quite frankly, kids like to try to scare their friends or gross them out! So why not incorporate Halloween into your everyday activities to keep the kids engaged!! 

I wanted to get some ideas so I started my search {like I always do} on Pinterest and I was absolutely blown away by all of the cool and unique classroom activities teachers have created. (Pinterest is the best for not recreating the wheel!) Below, I have complied some of the best Pins that I found! I think you'll love them and maybe even want to add them to your class plans however you see fit! Be sure to click on any picture to view that Pin on Pinterest!

First up, I found TONS of great Halloween themed sensory bin ideas. It's all about getting creative! Since you typically want smaller items for your sensory bins, it's easy to find like pumpkins, fingers, spiders and eyeballs! Party favors are great to help find small items at a cheap price! 
More great sensory bin ideas!
I love this idea of dying pumpkin seeds! Not only do they hold the dye color really well, it's so easy to do since pumpkins supply you with hundreds of seeds!! I really think the possibilities are endless once the seeds are colored. Here, they used the seeds to create their names but you could also do sorting with them, use them in a math center with counting, create sight words with them or make them the base for your next sensory bin! I'm sure you can think of tons more ideas!! 
My students would LOVE a candy corn volcano! All of these materials are ones you probably already have on hand, with the exception of the funnel. Take a look at the pin and see how easy it would be to create! I know my students would be highly engaged!! 
Science seems to get kicked to the back burner sometimes but why not make it front and center this year?!?! Here is a list of some cool science activities that your students are sure to love! 
Once your room looks like Halloween why not make it smell just as good too! Here I found some awesome and EASY ways to make your own pumpkin scented play dough and cloud dough!! Again, you probably already have the ingredients on hand! 
I can smell the yummy-ness now!!
And you know you can always use some cool STEM activities!! Check out this pin to see some not-so-spooky candy science activities. 
I know my students would rock this challenge! Building with candy? Double yes!!! I'm sure you could get parents to donate a bag or so each to keep the cost down!
Since I've filled with you with tons of great Halloween ideas for the classroom, I also want to show you some pages of my 'Halloween save your ink printables' unit! I created this unit in hopes of saving teachers time and money, by not using color on any of the sheets---everything is in black and white with cute kid-friendly graphics!
{Click on any picture to view the unit on TpT!}

Here is the unit cover....
And here is a quick overview of everything included in the unit!

My daughter wanted to "play school" so I obliged! She might have been slightly annoyed that I was taking pictures but she knows her mama likes to document everything! Can you blame me? :)

First up, tally marks.
Students color in matching number and tally marks the same color!
My kiddos always need more practice with ten frames!
Identifying coordinating numbers and number words.
Patterns are so important!
Cut and glue numbers to the correct number word!
Crazy counting with one-to-one correspondence. 
Color the same shape ghosts the same color!
It's never to early to introduce even and odd numbers. 

I hope you've found some great Halloween themed ideas that you can use this year!  
Be sure to click on any picture to view more about it!